Pair in hot water over alleged credit card theft

TWO women have been charged after they allegedly went on a booze-filled shopping spree with stolen credit cards in Maclean.

The arrests came after two French nationals returned to their vehicle at Bluff Beach, Iluka, on Wednesday morning to find a number of electronic items and two credit cards had been stolen.

About 1pm on Wednesday on Hillcrest Rd at Maclean, police stopped a blue Holden Commodore occupied by two women.

During a search of the car, they say they found a large quantity of alcohol and tobacco, as well as the two stolen credit cards.

The driver, a 44-year-old Iluka woman, returned a positive reading for alcohol. Police will allege a second breath analysis returned a reading of 0.189.

Police established the stolen credit cards were used to buy more than $500 of alcohol and more than $200 of tobacco products at four Maclean businesses between 11.40am and 12.45pm that day.

The 44-year-old woman was charged with possess- ion of suspected stolen goods, four counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception, high-range PCA and driving a vehicle unlicensed.

It is understood to be the woman's second drink-driving offence, despite the fact she has never held a driver's licence.

The other occupant of the car, a 32-year-old Ilarwill woman, was charged with two counts of goods in custody and four counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception.

Both women have been bailed conditionally to appear at Maclean Court onJune 10.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said investigations were ongoing in relation to other vehicle break and enters at Iluka and surrounds in the past month and urged people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

"We believe a small group of persons known to us may be involved in these offences," he said.

"We ask people to be vigilant and contact us if they see anything suspicious, particularly in or around motor vehicles in parks and at beaches.

"Make sure you don't keep valuables in the car and ensure your cars are locked at all times."

Anyone with information about the break and enters is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Grafton police on 6642 0222.



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